Preparing Engineers for the Global Supply Chain in Manufacturing

Engineering technology faculty at University E (UE) have developed curricula which prepare graduates to work in the globalized supply chain. Engineers working in global supply chains must possess a range of skills not required in either a vertically integrated company or in a purely domestic supply chain. Faculty must be familiar not only with their own engineering discipline but also the globalized world in which their graduates will work. Beyond the complexities of
product design, engineers in the global supply chain require mastery of skills including multi-site sharing/transfer of computer data; global quality standards such as ISO/TS 16949; communication techniques such as asynchronous data sharing and c-conferences; sensitivity to language and cultural issues; and finance/cost. Faculty must become familiar with such elements of globalized production and mechanisms for their integration into engineering curricula.

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